Gov. Christie Gives Weighty Headline Light Touch

This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Co-host Mika Brzezinski, a stickler for healthy eating, expressed her disgust at the New York Post‘s recent “Fat Chance” headline on Gov. Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor will keynote the Republican National Convention tonight.

“It’s just cruel,” Mika said. “It’s not funny, it’s like cancer, it’s not a joke, and yet it’s still a headline like this.”

Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, also on the program with the physique of a toothpick, remarked, “We just can’t let it bother us. We can’t.”

Christie, however, had another take, reminding Mika of his thick skin. “The way I look at it is, if I went and lost 80 pounds in the next year, they’d have something else to pick on me about,” he said. “They’d have some other kind of snarky headline whether it’s the Post or any other publication. When you’re in public life that’s what you’ve got to expect. And if it isn’t this it would be my hair, and if it isn’t my hair, it would be my nose or my eyes or whatever. What I say to myself, I know who I am, that’s why this stuff doesn’t bother me all that much. When I was younger it would bother me more, but I’m going to be 50 in two weeks. You grow a much thicker skin at that point…I don’t want to be a reactor. I want to be a proactive person.”

Hair? Eyes? Hmmm, yes, right. Meanwhile, Mary Pat, please be careful.